CPR Classical's annual Carol Countdown is back for another year!

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Wow! We counted more votes this year than ever before, and now the results are in for the 10th annual CPR Classical Christmas Carol Countdown! It's hard to believe we've been doing this for a decade!

This year, "O Holy Night" regains its position as Colorado's favorite carol. Its tough competitor, "Carol of the Bells," steps to second place. 
 

Several of John Rutter's original Christmas songs made it into the list of Colorado's top 50 favorite carols. Is it because of our "A John Rutter Christmas" program we are airing during this time? We think so! 

A big thanks this year goes to our friends at St. Nick's Christmas and Collectibles in Littleton for graciously giving us a tour and telling stories about ornaments. Those stories give a little extra decoration to this special 10th annual Christmas Carol Countdown. 

Check the schedule below for when the Carol Countdown airs throughout the holidays, and scroll down for a list of the 50 carols we'll feature as well as rankings from previous years. 

  • Thursday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m.
  • Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25 at noon

Tune in often and enjoy Colorado’s 50 favorite carols! Merry Christmas! 

For more seasonal music from CPR Classical, check out our 2018 holiday programming schedule.

TITLE 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
O Holy Night 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1
Carol of the Bells 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 3 13
Silent Night 3 3 4 4 5 4 3 15 2 8
O Come, O Come Emmanuel 4 4 3 3 3 3 4 8 8  
In the Bleak Midwinter 5 6 8 13 7 14 8 3 16 5
Joy to the world 6 8 6 11 11 8 19   36 9
Still, Still, Still 7 9 17 14 8 19 13 19 28 3
O come all ye faithful 8 7 5 5 9 9 7 9 6 10
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming 9 5 12 7 6 5 11 7 18 2
Angels we have heard on high 10 10 9 6 10 7 16 34 19 43
What Child is This? 11 11 13 10 4 6 6 6 4 6
Holly & the Ivy 12 15 11 9 19 18 9 13 15 7
Hark! The herald angels sing 13 14 7 8 15 11 5 20 23 22
Coventry Carol 14 12 19 23 12 16 29 10 7  
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 15 18 15 12 18 10 21 14 5 30
Wexford Carol 16 17 21 20 14 30 36   24  
White Christmas 17 19 14 22 17 13 31   27  
Little Drummer Boy 18 13 16 16 13 12 14 12   14
The First Noel 19 21 10 19 24 22 28 28   26
Once in Royal David's City 20 16 26 18 16 15 15 5 9 4
Good King Wenceslas 21 23 20 17 21 24 12 4 12 36
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear 22 24 22 15 23 20 17 31 11 19
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella 23 20 18 25 20 19 25 17 26 12
I'll Be Home for Christmas 24 26 25 27 22 21 27      
The Christmas Song 25 25 27 28 29 23 22 45 22  
O Little Town of Bethlehem 26 27 29 24 25 25 10   14 18
Away in a Manger 27 28 23 29 28 27 18     20
We Three Kings 28 22 24 21 26 17 20 44   16
Deck the Halls 29 29 28 30 30 28 32   25 25
Ding Dong Merrily on High 30 30 30 26 27 29 24 22 33  
Mary Did You Know 31 49 35 38            
Noel Nouvelet 32 31   40 47 42 26 27    
I Wonder as I Wander 33 48 31   36 39 35 33 10 32
What Sweeter Music 34   47 33 37       44 15
Do You Hear What I Hear? 35   38 45 31 32 33 39 17  
Gesu Bambino 36 32 32 31 32 45     37 13
Huron Carol 37 42 34 32 33 36 37 30   31
I Saw Three Ships 38 50 43 39         13 23
Gaudette 39 40       43        
Silver Bells 40   37 41 44 35 38 41 29 40
Of the Father's Love Begotten 41   36 35 49 46 23     27
For Unto Us a Child is Born 42 33 39     48   32    
Shepherd's Pipe Carol 43                 48
Candlelight Carol 44             23 41  
Riu, Riu, Chiu 45 34   49   37 30 21    
Fum, Fum, Fum 46 44 50         43    
Go Tell It on the Mountain 47   33 36   33   40 32  
I Wish you Christmas 48       35         41
Christmas Time is Here 49         50 48      
Here We Come A Wassailing 50 38         34